Bloaters named team of the month
GREAT Yarmouth Town have been nominated Ridgeons League Team of the Month for September.They had to fight off some stiff competition from Lowestoft, Leiston and Newmarket but just pipped them through having a better disciplinary record, writes Gerry Brown.
GREAT Yarmouth Town have been nominated Ridgeons League Team of the Month for September.
They had to fight off some stiff competition from Lowestoft, Leiston and Newmarket but just pipped them through having a better disciplinary record, writes Gerry Brown.
It is the Bloaters' first such award for some years and will be presented before the match with FC Clacton on November 1.
Yarmouth prospered in adversity last week, and not for the first time this season: 2-0 down to Wroxham, 3-1 down to Diss, the loss of their goalkeeper at Debenham and last Saturday 1-0 down to Thetford all gave the Bloaters opportunities to show what they are made of. The Wroxham FA Cup game was drawn 2-2, Diss were beaten 4-3, Debenham 1-0 and Thetford 2-1.
“These boys have a lot of character, and we're pleased with that,” declared joint boss Paul Tong.
“Although we were poor in the first half last week, at the end of the day it's about getting results and that's what we did. If you're going to win anything, sometimes you have to grind out a result.
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“Thetford let us off the hook, and after we changed the tactics we dominated the second half - they didn't know what had hit them. But they're still a good side and their keeper was outstanding and made some excellent saves.”
Thetford have threatened to become a “bogey” side to Yarmouth since the Bloaters' relegation and last season won 4-3 and 5-0 on two visits to the Wellesley where Yarmouth, until last week, had not beaten the Brecklanders since joining them in Division One in 2005.
Tomorrow, it's back on the road again with a visit to Long Melford (3).
The Suffolk side, who last week suffered the humiliation of losing at home to Anglian Combination side Beccles Town in the Suffolk Cup, are five places above the foot of the table with seven points from nine games. A few weeks ago, Yarmouth won the Wellesley encounter 5-1.
On Tuesday, Debenham LC come calling in the League Cup first round (7.45), no doubt still smarting from the 1-0 league defeat in a game they dominated and in which Yarmouth lost Elliot Pride to a freak injury.
With two of the three unbeaten first division records just fallen, Great Yarmouth are now the sole remaining team unbeaten in the division.
On Tuesday evening last week Halstead Town lost their first league match 3-0 at home to Hadleigh United, while Newmarket Town's record fell as they lost 3-1 at home to Halstead on Saturday.
Newmarket's lapse has enabled Godmanchester Rovers, 7-2 winners over bottom team Fakenham Town, to take over the top spot on goal difference from the Jockeys with Yarmouth third.
Yarmouth Reserves rose to sixth in their league after a 3-2 win at Downham Town Reserves (Darren Patterson 2, Mark Thompson).
Tomorrow they are at home to Sprowston Wanderers (2.30). A rare midweek game has been fixed in as Poringland Wanderers visit the Wellesley for a Cyril Ballyn Trophy match on Tuesday, October 28 (7.30).
The U18s kept up their 100 per cent record for this season when they defeated, by a remarkable and magnificent 7-0, Kirkley & Pakefield, who at the time also boasted a 100 per cent record.
The Yarmouth youngsters went second in the Eastern Division table as a result.
On Wednesday this week they were scheduled to meet Gorleston in the Youth Cup, and next week's game, on Thursday, is away to league “newbies” Bungay Town (7.45).
Last week's Norfolk Senior Cup draw paired Yarmouth with near-neighbours Acle United at the Wellesley in the fourth round. This should make for a healthy attendance but also puts Yarmouth at the mercy of a potential giant-killing.
Joint Yarmouth boss Kevin Cruickshank described it as an “interesting” draw.
“Paul and I are just taking one game at a time and it is just another game that we will prepare for, the same as any league game, when it is time to play it.”
But with three ex-Yarmouth players in the Anglian Combination Acle Premier team (Bertie Melo, Danny Crane and Olly Harrison) and local pride at stake, the November 22 date is sure to be a hot one.